Xavier Aymonod

Xavier Aymonod


Xavier Aymonod studied piano at Aix-en-Provence conservatory and obtained unanimously a gold medal. He was laureate of international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in Paris from 1998 to 2000, and won 15th international piano competition for outstanding amateurs of Ecole Polytechnique. He was also semi-finalist of international piano competition for...

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Dale Backus

Dale Backus


Dale Backus is a project lead engineer for KBRwyle in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He helps oversee antenna ground station upgrades for the Air Force Satellite Control Network with locations globally. He is currently overseeing a repair/upgrade effort on a 10-meter antenna system in Diego Garcia which is a located in...

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Ian Bothma

Ian Bothma


Ian started playing piano at the age of 8 and passed the UNISA Pianoforte Grade 8 exam with distinction in 2014. He is currently in the 4th and final year of his BMus Performance degree studying piano with Francois du Toit at the South African College of Music (UCT). He...

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Henri Delbeau

Henri Delbeau


Dr. Henri Delbeau began his piano studies at 7. He soon after made his orchestral debut with a New York City area orchestra as a soloist, as well as winning several prizes in national and international competitions. Since then, he has had many solo, chamber and orchestral performances, both in...

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François Du Toit

François Du Toit


Acknowledged as one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists and musicians, FRANÇOIS DU TOIT is an Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Practical Studies at the University of Cape Town. Receiving his early musical training from Merryl Preston, he went on to complete an Honours degree at the University...

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Mikhail Dubov

Mikhail Dubov


Mikhail Dubov graduated from Université Paris-Est in 2016 and is currently working in London as a data scientist. Being an award winner of the prestigious International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Paris (2014, 3d prize & Press award), he is very active as an amateur pianist. His repertoire ranges...

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Olivier Dupont

Olivier Dupont


Olivier Dupont is a financial engineer. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 2010, and then started working for the HSBC bank as a financial analyst. He also studied piano at the Tourcoing conservatory, where he received his first Prize in piano performance and Chamber music....

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Theresa Dwyer

Theresa Dwyer


Theresa began her piano studies under Prof Catherine Foxcroft at Rhodes University and then moved to Cape Town to continue studying under Prof Francois du Toit. She graduated with a BMus degree in 2015, majoring in piano performance, chamber music and music theory. Theresa is passionate about music education and...

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Matthias Fischer

Matthias Fischer


Matthias Fischer from Germany got his first piano lessons from his parents. He won prizes at German youth-competitions for piano solo and duo. He studied piano in Munich but switched to medicine after one year (1994). His medical thesis was about localization of a memory in Drosophila flies. Currently he...

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Philip Fowke

Philip Fowke


".........Claudio Arrau was to have been the soloist in tonight’s Promenade Concert. The virtuosity and acute musicianship of Philip Fowke, who took his place, repaired the omission in no uncertain terms." The DailyTelegraph Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire,...

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Johannes Gaechter

Johannes Gaechter


Johannes Gaechter - pianist and computer-scientist, living in Germany near Stuttgart, was born in Alsace (France). His father, Michel Gaechter is a pianist and teaches piano at the conservatory in Strasbourg and his mother is a piano-teacher as well. Johannes learned to play piano at the age of four -...

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Thierry Goldwaser

Thierry Goldwaser


French pianist Thierry Goldwaser began music studies in Paris at age 10. In 2005, Thierry receives first prize at the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris. In 2010 he also gets a special prize at the International Piano Amateur Competition in Berlin. Thierry has made recital appearances in...

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Jay Gottlieb

Jay Gottlieb


The NEW YORK TIMES has hailed Jay Gottlieb's "adventurous brilliance" and described his playing as "beautifully colored and technically formidable". Pierre Boulez has said of him: "extremely interesting, he gives evidence of a sure originality and the best qualities in the domain of execution." Born in New York, Gottlieb studied...

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Jan Hugo

Jan Hugo


Jan Hugo was born in South Africa and started his musical education in Pretoria. At the age of 11, he discovered his passion for piano music and was determined to become a concert pianist. He soon received an opportunity to play Saint-Saens' 5 th piano concerto with an orchestra and...

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Kevin Kim

Kevin Kim


Kevin started playing piano at the age of 7, and moved to South Africa in 2004, when he was 9 years old. He received lessons from Sandra Kettle-Loubser during his school years in South Africa. He’s at the beginning stages of his music career and has enrolled to study a...

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Julien Kurtz

Julien Kurtz


Julien Kurtz started the piano at 5 and got his initial training from Catherine Silie, a former assistant of French pianist Pierre Sancan. Later on, he studied in the Marseille conservatory, then in the Cachan Music school, where he got his piano degree in 2002. He is currently studying with...

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Ethan Lawson

Ethan Lawson


Ethan Lawson (17 years old) completed his homeschool matric certificate in March this year. He started playing cello at the age of 8 and is currently mentored by Rina Schutte and Peter Maartens. Ethan attended master classes with Anmarie van der Westhuizen and Saeun Thorsteinsdóttir and also ensemble master classes...

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Lana & Slava Levin

Lana & Slava Levin


The Levins were born in Soviet Union and graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where they studied with Yakov Milstein, Lev Vlasenko and Michael Pletnev. The family came to the United States in November 1989 and have since resided in Overland Park, Kansas. From 1989 to 1995 the couple...

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Bernard Linde

Bernard Linde


Born into a family of musicians, Bernard began his piano studies before starting school, and during his school years excelled in UNISA piano examinations as well as local and regional eisteddfodau. He also participated in various national piano competitions such as the Hennie Joubert competition and the UNISA Grade 8...

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Julien Lombardo

Julien Lombardo


Born in Toulouse in 1980, Julien Lombardo started playing the piano at the age of 6. His meeting with his teacher Jean-Claude Oleon in Bastia revealed soon his passion for classical music and the instrument. Julien then studied at the Conservatory of Marseille in the class of Erik Berchot and...

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Patrick McDonald

Patrick McDonald


Patrick McDonald instantly found a passion for the piano after his singing voice broke at the age of eleven. He was awarded a music scholarship to Diocesan College and then studied piano with Professor Lamar Crowson at UCT. Physical and emotional trauma got in the way of succeeding beyond this...

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Polina Rendak

Polina Rendak


Polina Rendak was born in the northern Russian city of Petrozavodsk. At home everyone played the piano, and Polina was no exception. She did not stop playing when she moved to Moscow to study economics at Higher School of Economics. Currently, Polina holds a Masters Degree in finance from HEC...

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Christophe Strassel

Christophe Strassel


Christophe Strassel was born in Metz (France) in 1971. He started playing the violin at the age of 6 and got a « First Prize » in violin at the Conservatoire national de Région of Metz at the age of 12. He also studied the violin and chamber music at...

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Albie Van Schalkwyck

Albie Van Schalkwyck


Albie van Schalkwyk has established himself as performer in a number of fields over the past 30 years. One of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa, he has also performed as soloist with SA orchestras, performed solo recitals, given master classes for singers and accompanists, worked...

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Geoffroy Vauthier

Geoffroy Vauthier


Geoffroy Vauthier was awarded the First prize of the International Competition for Outstanding Piano Amateurs in Paris in 1996 by all three juries (professional pianists, press and public). He took his third cycle diploma in Victoria Melki's class, then went on studying with Denyse Rivière and Jean-Marc Luisada ; he...

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June Wu

June Wu


June Wu is Chief of Staff to the President of Google Marketing Solutions at Google and a pianist who has performed in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Moscow, and Paris. Recent highlights include solo recitals in Bayreuth, Germany, and Shanghai, a concerto performance with the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Delware,...

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Thomas Yu

Thomas Yu


Dr. Thomas Yu has redefined what it means to be an amateur pianist, owning a busy periodontal practice while performing with the BBC Orchestra of Wales, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a guest soloist at Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Munich...

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